Indiana to check out Ohio big man today

The fall basketball recruiting period has brought in quite of bit of interest for 6-foot-9, 235-pound senior Sterling Manley.

The Pickerington (Ohio) Central program near Columbus continues to crank out high major prospects. This fall the attraction is 6-foot-9, 235-pound big man Sterling Manley.

Manley has been off the radar for many since a February 11th game when he suffered a compound fracture of his right leg.

Now he's back on the court and showing enough of a recovery to rekindle the interest of many schools, including the Indiana Hoosiers. Later today Hoosier coach Tom Crean is expected to be at Pickerington Central to watch Manley.

NBA first round pick Caris LeVert played at Pickerington Central before moving on to Michigan. Wolverine freshman Ibi Watson was at the school this past season and was recruited last summer by Indiana before choosing to follow LeVert's path to Ann Arbor. 

Manley, however, is a post player who averaged 12 points and seven rebounds as a sophomore and was up to about 17 points per game as a junior when he went down with the broken leg this past winter. 

West Virginia was the biggest school to offer him before his injury and Manley took an official visit to the Big 12 program over Labor Day weekend. Summer and late spring brought in offers from Xavier, Dayton, Pittsburgh, TCU and Purdue joined the offer parade this past weekend after head coach Matt Painter made the trip to see him in Ohio.

Tom Crean is expected to be joined by two assistants today at the high school workout. West Virginia and Creighton are also expected. Pittsburgh made an in-home visit earlier this weekend. will have more on this developing story. Top Stories